Q & A

Management Company Didn’t Always Maintain Proper Documentation

October 1, 2019    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited PK Management, LLC, based on: (1) media coverage of poor physical conditions associated with an apartment complex in Virginia that it managed; and (2) issues identified in a prior audit of the company in Birmingham, Ala. The audit objective...

Management Agent Didn't Always Comply with Section 8 HAP Program Requirements

October 1, 2019    

HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited the Lake View Towers Apartments’ Section 8 housing assistance payments program. HUD made housing assistance payments for the project under the Section 8 contract, which covered 395 of the 500 units. During the audit period, HUD provided...

HUD Releases FY2020 Fair Market Rents

October 1, 2019    

HUD has published the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) Fair Market Rents (FMRs), which are now released only on huduser.gov. The FMRs are effective Oct. 1. In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that would be needed to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus utilities) of privately owned, decent,...

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances FY2020 HUD Bill

October 1, 2019    

The budget agreement signed into law on Aug. 2 by President Trump raised defense and nondefense discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The deal allows for, but doesn’t accomplish on its own, enactment of this year's FY20 appropriations bills. Before the new...

HUD Expands Housing Preservation Program to Include Senior Housing

October 1, 2019    

In an effort to preserve and improve critically needed affordable housing for low-income seniors, HUD recently announced a significant expansion of its Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to facilitate capital investment in senior housing developments assisted through HUD's Section 202...

HUD Offers Technical Assistance to Launch Family Self-Sufficiency Program

October 1, 2019    

HUD is seeking assisted housing owners and management agents interested in receiving technical assistance (TA) to support their establishment of a Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program in one or more of the properties they own or manage. The TA will help owners/agents get ready to successfully...

HUD REAC Seeks Feedback on Expanded Property Inspection Standards

September 10, 2019    

HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) has expanded the number of inspection items open for feedback from five items to 65 items before REAC fully implements HUD’s National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) model demonstration. This is part of HUD...

New Tenant Protection Vouchers Available for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

August 15, 2019    

HUD recently announced a new Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative that will offer housing vouchers to local public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are leaving, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to...

HUD to Propose Changes to Disparate Impact Regs

August 15, 2019    

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently cleared HUD’s proposed changes to the disparate impact regulations. The update to HUD’s 2013 disparate impact rule would require plaintiffs to meet a five-step threshold to...

Two-Year Budget Deal Allows HUD Appropriations Process to Advance

August 15, 2019    

President Trump recently signed a budget deal that increases federal spending and lifts the nation’s borrowing limit. The new law suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021, removing the threat of a default during the 2020 elections, and raises domestic and military spending by more than...

PHA Accountants May Be Held Liable for Former Director’s Fraud

August 15, 2019    

Facts: A local PHA sued its former accountants, seeking to recover losses from their alleged negligent failure to detect the fraudulent conduct of its former executive director and former finance director. The former executive director’s employment agreements established...

PHA Can Terminate Resident’s Benefits Due to Unauthorized Occupant

August 15, 2019    

Facts: A local PHA sent a resident a notice of the termination of her participation in the Section 8 program. The PHA claimed that the resident improperly permitted an unauthorized occupant to reside with her and this occupant violated the rule against criminal activity by...